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All That | Masked Video Game Dancer Celebrity Edition feat. Nick Cannon, Beyonce, Ariana Grande & More!

All That | Masked Video Game Dancer Celebrity Edition feat. Nick Cannon, Beyonce, Ariana Grande & More!

Miley Cyrus' dad has some serious dance moves! 🤠 All That premieres Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8:30p/7:30c, only on Nickelodeon USA!

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From The New York Times:

‘All That’ Returns With Its ’90s Wit and Shorter Skits

Lori Beth Denberg, left, revives an old “All That” skit called “Vital Information” with a new cast member, Reece Caddell. Credit: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon

The new version of the Nickelodeon show revives sketches from its heyday. But will a new generation care about jokes made before they were born?

If the image of a young Kenan Thompson wearing flippers and speaking bad French in a bubble bath elicits waves of nostalgia, you’re probably a child of the ’90s.

Same if you know Kel Mitchell as a well-meaning but incompetent fast food worker, or Lori Beth Denberg as a hypocritical librarian who howls at children to be quiet while causing a constant ruckus.

These absurdist characters from the children’s sketch show “All That” were beloved ’90s oddities that could thrive only on cable. From its debut in 1994 to its cancellation in 2005, “All That” was a cultural force in kids’ television, a PG version of “Saturday Night Live” that became known for churning out young talent. The Nickelodeon show helped launch the careers of Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Nick Cannon and Jamie Lynn Spears, while spawning hit shows such as “Kenan & Kel” and “The Amanda Show.”

Now, 25 years after it first launched, Nickelodeon is rebooting “All That” with a new batch of child actors. Thompson, the cast member who has perhaps found the most success as an actor, signed on as an executive producer. The network has marketed the reboot, which airs on Saturday night, as the triumphant return of popular characters like Mitchell’s “Good Burger” cashier and Denberg’s “Loud Librarian.”

In reviving the show, the producers have injected 2019 pop culture onto the classic “All That” framework, a 30-minute booster of joyful silliness that puts children in charge. Instead of giving the show a full makeover, however, the producers have hung on to some of the old skits, hoping the nostalgia will attract millennial parents while maintaining an enduring appeal to their children.

But how can the reboot of a classic television show succeed on nostalgia when its target audience wasn’t even alive for the original? (The president of Nickelodeon, Brian Robbins, said the show is aimed at 6 to 13-year-olds, most of whom were born after “All That” ended.)

Lori Beth Denberg was a teenager when she joined the original cast of “All That.” Her absurdist skit, “Vital Information,” is being revived for the reboot of the show. Credit: Michael Yarish/Nickelodeon

“They’re not going to get the nostalgia because it’s not their nostalgia,” said Denberg, who is returning to the show to play the “Loud Librarian.” “But I think they’re going to love it just the same.”

To figure out what kids today find entertaining, Nickelodeon set up focus groups, where youngsters from 8 to 11-years-old were asked to talk about what they like to watch, what celebrities they like, what they find funny. One result from this research was a new skit called “Masked Video Game Dancer Celebrity Edition,” which involves costumed celebrities performing Fortnite-esque dance moves for a panel of judges including Beyoncé, Ariana Grande and Dwayne Johnson, all played by young cast members.

Modern attention spans also demand much shorter skits, the creators said. Kevin Kay, an executive producer on the reboot who also worked on the original “All That,” said that sketches from the ’90s could drag on for seven minutes.

“Kids today watch things in two and three minutes,” he said. “We consciously said we wanted to cut the sketches, do more sketches per episode and never really get to seven minutes.”

A bigger challenge than appealing to today’s young viewers is reaching them in the first place. Unlike when the original “All That” aired in 1994, kids’ shows now compete not only with each other, but with the millions of videos on YouTube.

Traditional marketing is no longer sufficient, said Robbins who was also a creator of the original “All That.”

“We have to make sure we’re reaching kids everywhere they’ve been consuming content,” he said.

That means posting heavily on the show’s Instagram account, where they tease new sketches, revive old material and introduce the new cast members (or, the “new kids of comedy,” as the network called them). It also means posting sketches on YouTube, which executives see as a funnel to the actual show.

Occasionally others have indirectly marketed the show for them, as when Chance the Rapper, a ’90s kid himself, recently posted an Instagram video of him dancing to a remake of the “All That” theme song, complete with a Gospel choir singing the chorus.

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Robbins said that the original theme song by TLC will stay, at least for now. (Many of the old fans might revolt if it didn’t). But Robbins said they might decide to change the song later on — possibly even to the modernized version Chance shared.

Robbins, who became the president of Nickelodeon last fall, was the driving force behind the reboot, personally reaching out to people involved in the original show to ask them back. Thompson said that Robbins visited him at “Saturday Night Live” to pitch him the idea, and Thompson was all in.

Kay, 64, said he hadn’t been in children’s television for over a decade when Robbins approached him about the new “All That.” At first he was uncertain whether he still had a grasp on what young people found entertaining, but he figured his preteen son could help him learn.

Mitchell, 40, has stayed tied to kids’ television and Nickelodeon over the years, most recently starring as a rapper who teams up with two girls to run a gaming company in the channel’s “Game Shakers.” As such, he’s kept his “ear to the streets” in regard to what youngsters find funny, he said.

Others behind the reboot grew up watching the original show. Jermaine Fowler, an “All That” executive producer, said the diversity of the original cast was eye-opening for him as a child. In 1994, three of the seven cast members were black and another was Latina.

“It was the first time I saw kids who looked like me on TV doing sketch comedy,” said Fowler, who is black. “That was so inspiring to me.”

The original “All That” featured hip-hop and R&B artists at a time in which doing so was rare on a kids’ channel. The musical guests in the first season included TLC, Brandy, Aaliyah and Usher. (The first episode of the reboot will feature the Jonas Brothers.)

Fowler, 31, who is best known for his roles in the sitcom “Superior Donuts” and “Sorry to Bother You,” said the talents and sensibilities of the seven young cast members are heavily influencing the script.

A 14-year-old cast member Gabrielle Green, for example, brought in a Beyoncé impression that the writers couldn’t resist, Fowler said. Another cast member, Nathan Janak, 14, performed a hilarious Ariana Grande. In the ’90s, the cast members often did impressions of Oprah and Roseanne.

Though the cultural references in the show have been transformed, the producers say the comedic heart of the show remains the same. That means an abundance of silliness, absurdity and, of course, destruction.

“One of the things we know about ‘All That’ and about kids comedy is that they love to see things get blown up or broken,” Kay said.

In one sketch, a cast member playing the decluttering guru Marie Kondo is tasked with helping kids organize their homes. She asks if items in the room “bring joy,” and if they don’t, she destroys them. At one point, the Kondo character (called “Marie Kiddo”), cackles as she takes a jackhammer to a couch. The sketch is reminiscent of one from the ’90s in which Kel Mitchell, playing a repairman, gleefully destroys everything he is asked to fix.

The original iteration of “All That” also included sporadic impressions of politicians. The characterizations were silly and harmless — “Ross Perot” had a squeaky voice and exaggerated ears, but his antics had little to do with serious politics — but even so, the current producers are still determining how prevalent they should be at a time when American politics is polarizing for all ages.

One of the cast members, Ryan Alessi, 14, does a “dead-on” President Trump impression, but “you could never do a sketch on Nick that disrespected the president,” Kay said. “We’re not steering toward politics — if anything, we’re steering away.”

Thompson, 41, who joined “Saturday Night Live” a few years after leaving “All That,” said that his main concern was the vulnerability of the young cast members making political jokes in this partisan climate.

“These are kids,” he said. “I don’t want anyone looking at the kids in any malicious way because they’re making a joke.”

Thompson said that he sees the show’s purpose as being an “escape from reality” for kids. It’s something that he can now share with his children, including his young daughter, he said. Mitchell said he has passed down the original “All That” episodes to his children as well.

This aligns with a broader goal the creators have for the reboot. While they don’t expect young viewers to find deeper resonance in, say, a “Good Burger” sketch, the hope is that adults who catch those references will decide to sit down on the couch and watch with their children.

“I’m hoping it will bring family entertainment back,” Mitchell said, “where everyone is watching TV in the same time.”


From CBS 42:

Kel Mitchell stops in Birmingham as 'All That' returns June 15

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- The 90's classic "All That" will be coming back to television June 15. And to promote the event, former star, and now executive producer of the show, Kel Mitchell stopped by Birmingham to drive up even more interest in the reboot.

Nickelodeon announced the return of the show months ago and now that time is almost here, Mitchell went to Green River Drive-In to show a first-look at the new series as well as show the other classic, "Good Burger."

Mitchell also took a chance to take photos with fans as well.

The new season of "All That" kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. CT.


From azcentral:

Ready yet, get set: A Scottsdale teen joins new cast of Nickelodeon's 'All That'

Kate Godfrey, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is in Nickelodeon’s rebooted “All That” comedy show, premiering Saturday, June 15. | Tamara Tihanyi

"All That," a "Saturday Night Live"-like comedy sketch series for kids, originally captivated kids' attention on Nickelodeon from 1994-2016. But this time, there's a revival of "All That" for the new generation coming to Nick on Saturday, June 15, and a 15-year-old Scottsdale native is part of the cast.

Kate Godfrey's first role was in "Beauty and The Beast" as a dancing fork at the Homestead Playhouse in DC Ranch when she was 9 years old. So that means she's a triple threat: She can act, dance and sing. She also starred in Arizona Theatre Company's "Fiddler on the Roof" and she played teen Fiona in "Shrek The Musical" at 5-Star Theatricals in Thousand Oaks, California.

She decided to pursue a career in L.A., where her adventures took her to "All That" auditions. See what Kate Godfrey has to say about working with the original "All That" cast including Kenan Thompson, Lori Beth Denberg, Kel Mitchell and Josh Server, portraying comedic roles and meeting the Jonas Brothers.

Follow Kate on Instagram at @ItsKateGodfrey.

Question: Had you watched any of the original "All That" episodes before getting the role?

Answer: Before I got the roll I actually saw a little bit of "The Amanda Show," and when I was auditioning for the show, they didn't know what it was called yet. It was called "Untitled Sketch Show," but they said watch "All That" for reference. So during the audition process, I actually watched a lot of "All That" even though I didn't know it was going to be that.

Q: How are you guys approaching the show differently this time around?

A: It's basically the exact same "All That" except it has a modern twist on it and a new cast and we’re still having original cast members. They have cameos here and there, it's really great.

Kate Godfrey from Scottsdale, Arizona stars in Nickelodeon's "All That." | Nickelodeon

Q: Speaking of the original cast, what was it like working with them?

A: They are so sweet and supportive, and it's really nice to know that they’re supporting us because they were in our shoes in the '90s. And so to know that we can ask them for advice or if we need any help with anything or if we had any questions, we can ask them and they’ll happily answer them. It’s really nice to know that.

Q: One of the early musical guests for "All That" is the Jonas Brothers. Did you get to meet them?

A: Yes, I did get to meet them. I actually was lucky enough to get to do a scene with them, and it was so crazy. They’re so sweet. And yeah, they basically look exactly how they look on TV. I watched them a lot when I was growing up and it’s very cool to know that they are back together as well. And doing a scene with them was very surreal. I got to do a Good Burger sketch with them.

Q: What are you most excited for people to see?

A: I’m excited for them to see all the crazy sketches because we definitely do a lot of crazy things. … I play Marie Kiddo. It’s actually on YouTube. And I got to destroy a cabinet and a ton of other stuff.

It was so much fun to film. I was a little nervous smashing the glass cabinet. Because they kept saying, “If you get glass in your shoes, stop and tell us to hold and we’ll hold." And then I was like, “Wait? I’m going to get glass in my shoes?” But it was really fun.

Q: How do you handle comedic roles?

A: I think just going for it and having no fear. And being OK with the fact that the choices you make might not always be funny, but in order to be funny you have to make choices. So you really just have to trust yourself and be confident in what you’re doing.

Right now basically anything we film I think is so funny. All this stuff has been hilarious. I don't know how the writers do it. Every little thing is so funny. Even if it doesn’t make it to camera and it just makes it to a table reading.

Kate Godfrey from Scottsdale, Arizona stars in Nickelodeon's "All That." | Nickelodeon

Q: This show looks like it has a lot of costumes. What was that like?

A: We have a ton of fun costumes. Our hair and makeup and wardrobe team are so amazing and all the costumes blow me away. Sitting in the hair and makeup chair sometimes takes longer than it actually takes to film the sketch. They make it look perfect, and the makeup is amazing, the hair is amazing. They're super articulate wigs. It’s amazing how much work goes into a two minute sketch.

Q: So according to your IMDb page, your first role was a dancing fork?

A: Yes, I decided to try theater and I was really nervous. … I just wanted to get out of the heat because you know it’s very hot in Arizona. And I didn’t like sports. So my mom was like, “The Homestead is doing 'Beauty and The Beast.' Want to try out?” And I was like, "Yeah, I guess so."

I remember that for the audition process I was so nervous. I think I had to sing and I had to pretend to be a clock. I remember that oddly weird detail, but I don’t know why I remember pretending to be a clock. And then I was a cardboard fork.

Q: Being from Scottsdale, how has experience here helped with your career?

A: I think most everything I got in Arizona is so helpful to me right now. You can’t just go into this having no training. Even my role as a dancing fork at the Homestead helped me and prepared me for this. And also Arizona Theatre Company. Just performing on stage definitely prepared me for this. Every Friday we have live audiences, so I think theater training really helped me.

Q: I know it's summer break right now, but is it tough to balance school and work?

A: It’s pretty hard. You definitely have to work harder than other kids who don’t act and don’t have a full-time job. We do school on set for three hours. At the most we do five hours, but sometimes we do one to five hours of school a day. You just have to work harder than other kids that aren’t in the industry. And you have to keep in mind that education is just as important as your job.

Q: You're still starting out your career, but what do you want people to know you as?

A: I definitely want to do comedy and all kinds of different genres of acting. I hope people remember some of the sketches that I’ve done because growing up you remember the shows you watch on TV, so it would be so much fun watching this generation remember me.



For more info on the "All That" revival, watch the conversation below between Thompson, Mitchell, Jenna Bush Hager and Carson Daly from when the actors stopped by the show last month!



From indystar:

A teen from Fishers is starring in Nickelodeon's 'All That' remake, and he's thrilled

Two years ago, Fishers native Lex Lumpkin made his stage debut at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Now, audiences across the country will watch him this Saturday in the series premiere of Nickelodeon's revival of "All That."

Lumpkin is one of seven cast members starring in the remake of the '90s comedy skit show. Executive produced by original cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, the show will feature 13-year-old Lumpkin performing impressions of celebrities and characters inspired by his own life, along with physical comedy sketches.

When Lumpkin learned he landed the role on "All That," he thought it was a joke.

"They told me I got the part, and I was like, 'Are you serious? Me?' " Lumpkin said. "I was just speechless. Everyone was asking me, 'Lex, you good?' "

Indianapolis native Lex Lumpkin will star in the Nickelodeon reboot of "All That." | Provided by Helen Wells Agency and Photography

But once reality hit, the excitement took over.

“I didn’t believe it at first when they told me,” Lumpkin said. “But once it hit me, whoo, I was so excited. I can’t even begin to explain it."

Lumpkin's favorite part of being on the show so far is working with the "incredible cast."

"Working with the other kids has been so fun," Lumpkin said. "It's also been just amazing to work with some of the original cast members."

Original "All That" cast members such as Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server make guest appearances.

And he has seen some other familiar faces on set — including the Grammy-nominated Jonas Brothers, who will perform on the show's premiere.

“They’re such cool dudes,” Lumpkin said. “They can sing, they can dance, they can act. They can do it all.”

How he got started in acting

When he was 5 years old, Lumpkin became interested in acting after he began to watch more movies.

"I asked my mom, 'Why don't you sign me up for one of those movies? I want to do that,'" Lumpkin said.

And a few years later, she did — well, not for a movie, but for a youth acting workshop at IRT.

When IRT's executive artistic director Janet Allen came to watch some of the young actors and actresses at the end of the four-week camp, she says Lumpkin stood out immediately.

"Lex has amazing manners, takes direction well and is super respectful," Allen said. "When all of that comes together, you just have a really successful, good kid."

In 2017, Lumpkin played the title role in IRT's production of "Stuart Little." | Provided by IRT

He went on to appear in two lead roles at IRT. In 2017, Lumpkin made his acting debut in the title role in the theatre's production of "Stuart Little."

"His professionalism is incredible, and his spirit just permeates the room," said Lori Wolter Hudson, who was the director of "Stuart Little" at IRT. "I know this is just the start of so many great things for him."

Lumpkin also performed as Travis Younger in IRT's 2018 production of "A Raisin in the Sun." That same year, Lumpkin appeared alongside Peyton Manning in a DirecTV commercial.

He says going from a stage to a television set has been a transition.

"When you're acting on a stage, you always have to be dramatic and over exaggerated and loud," Lumpkin said. "I've had to tone that down a bit now that I'm working on a TV show."

What he does in his free time

When Lumpkin isn't acting, he said he enjoys playing the piano (which he's been doing for more than nine years), writing songs and screenplays, playing football and basketball, and spending time with his older brother, TJ.

He also still has a love for movies. His current favorite is "Avengers: Endgame," but "Despicable Me" and "Glory" with Denzel Washington are close runners-up.

Lisa Keaffaber, a fifth grade teacher who had Lumpkin in class at HSE Intermediate/Junior High School, says this is "the perfect role" for her former student.

“He truly is well-liked by everyone in this building. He’s a good student, athletic, a good friend,” Keaffaber said. “He's also just incredibly funny and outgoing."

"All That" premieres at 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 15, on Nickelodeon.


From Hollywood Life:

Kel Mitchell Gushes ‘All That’ Reboot Is For The Fans: ‘We Really Did It For Them’

‘All That’ is making a comeback. The reboot of the classic Nickelodeon series premieres June 15. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with OG star Kel Mitchell about his advice to the new cast and more.

The pop culture phenomenon known as All That is returning for a new generation of kids. The reboot, premiering June 15 at 8:30 p.m. on Nickelodeon, will feature an all-new cast of kids, with original cast members such as Kel Mitchell, Josh Server, and Lori Beth Denberg making special appearances. Kenan Thompson and Kel will be serving as executive producers. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Kel at Nickelodeon SlimeFest on June 8 about the reboot. We asked Kel what kind of advice he’s given to the new cast members.

“I have been given them a lot of comedy advice, which has been great,” Kel told HollywoodLife. “These kids are some great listeners. They bring the physical comedy, and in the auditions, they came in with their own voices and their own characters. I also told them to have a good sense of themselves and told them that they were special before they got on the show so that they can just enjoy it. No competition between one another, it’s a team effort. It has been great to give notes to other producers and get in there too and act. I am wearing two hats so it’s cool!”

The original All That aired from 1994 until 2005. In addition to Kenan, Kel, Josh, and Lori, the show also featured well-known stars like Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon. All That is beloved amongst ’90s kids and the love for the show remained alive long after it ended. Kel said that fans are the reason why the show is coming back in the first place! “I mean, even last year before we even announced SlimeFest or All That, everybody was talking about All That,” he told HollywoodLife. “I was being stopped in the street and people wanted me to do ‘Good Burger’ and talking about orange soda. So it’s all about the fans and we really did it for them!”

During the premiere episode, the Jonas Brothers will be featured in the “Good Burger” skit with Kel. They will also close the show with a performance of their hit “Sucker.”

New ‘All That’ Cast

It’s the ’90s all over again! The new cast of ‘All That’ stopped by HollywoodLife’s New York City studio for exclusive portraits. The reboot premieres June 15 on Nickelodeon. The new cast includes Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin, and Chinguun Sergelen. They range in age from 12 to 15 and bring their own unique comedy skills to the table, from impressions of today’s biggest celebrities to original characters inspired by their lives to physical comedy sketches. The ‘All That’ reboot is executive produced by original cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell. Kel, along with other original cast members Josh Server and Lori Beth Denberg, will be making appearances in the ‘All That’ reboot. The Jonas Brothers are also performing ‘Sucker’ during the premiere episode and will be featured in the ‘Good Burger’ sketch. See more of our exclusive portraits of the ‘All That’ cast in our gallery.

Credit: Paige Kindlick

‘All That’ Cast Exclusive Portraits

The new cast of ‘All That’ poses for exclusive portraits at HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. The new cast ranges in age from 12 to 15.

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Ryan Alessi, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin & Chinguun Sergelen Of ‘All That’

Ryan Alessi, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin & Chinguun Sergelen are some of the new cast members of the ‘All That’ reboot. They’ve all become friends as they filmed the comedy sketch series.

Paige Kindlick

‘All That’ Cast Photo

The show is shot in front of a live studio audience. ‘All That’ will introduce an all-new cast of seven kids to a new generation of fans, along with original comedic sketches, new and beloved characters, and impersonations of today’s popular celebrities.

Paige Kindlick

Ryan Alessi, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin & Chinguun Sergelen Goof Around

Ryan Alessi, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin & Chinguun Sergelen goof around during our exclusive photo shoot. They sure do know how to make everyone laugh!

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Reece Caddell, Gabrielle Green & Kate Godfrey Of ‘All That’

The girls of ‘All That’ include Reece Caddell, Gabrielle Green, and Kate Godfrey. They’re the ultimate trio.

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The ‘All That’ Reboot Trio

The girls of ‘All That’ strike a pose in our exclusive portrait studio. They’ll be showing off their comedy skills in the reboot.

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‘All That’ Cast Shows Off Their Serious Side

Each new episode will also feature a musical performance from one of today’s top artists, and guest stars from the worlds of TV, film, comedy and more. The Jonas Brothers will perform during the premiere episode.

Paige Kindlick

‘All That’ Cast Shows Off Their Funny Side

The debut episode of ‘All That’ also features appearances from original cast members Lori Beth Denberg dropping some hilarious new advice in ‘Vital Information’ and appearing as ‘Ms. Hushbaum,’ the hypocritical ‘Loud Librarian.’ Josh Server will also be making a special appearance.

Paige Kindlick

‘All That’ Reboot Cast

The new cast of ‘All That’ stopped by HollywoodLife’s NYC portrait studio. They all have such a blast together.

Paige Kindlick

‘All That’ Cast Stops By HL’s Portrait Studio

‘All That’ was Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs, including: ‘Kenan & Kel,’ ‘The Amanda Show’ and ‘The Nick Cannon Show.’

Paige Kindlick

The New ‘All That’ Cast

The ‘All That’ cast took over HL’s portrait studio. HL incorporated an orange background inspired Nickelodeon.

Paige Kindlick

Thumbs Up For The ‘All That’ Cast

The new cast of ‘All That’ come from all over the country. Most of them started acting at a young age.

Paige Kindlick



All That
HOW/WHEN & WHERE TO WATCH: 8:30 p.m. on Nick

Series Debut

The home of the Good Burger is back as Nickelodeon’s beloved sketch show returns with an all-new cast, plus original All That-ers Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell on board as executive producers. Mitchell and his former castmates Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server guest star in the premiere (also featuring the Jonas Brothers) to officially hand off the torch to the new crew.

“We were all creative kids with these voices in our heads that needed to come out,” Thompson says of the original cast. “So it’s a beautiful thing for a new generation to have that opportunity to spread their quirky wings. I can’t wait to see it.” —Tyler Aquilina


From People:

Meet the Cast of Nickelodeon's All That Reboot

The teens, ages 12 to 15, will introduce original comedic sketches, new characters and impersonations of today’s popular celebrities

This is All That!

The cast for Nickelodeon’s All That has just been announced — and PEOPLE has the first look at the superstar teens who will be starring in the highly anticipated reboot.

Introducing Reece Caddell, Chinguun Sergelen, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Kate Godfrey, Ryan Alessi, and Lex Lumpkin!

The teens, ages 12 to 15, will introduce original comedic sketches, new characters and impersonations of today’s popular celebrities. Each new episode of the reboot will also feature a musical performance from today’s top artists and guest stars from the worlds of TV, film, comedy and more.

Earlier this month, Nickelodeon announced that the Jonas Brothers will close the June 15 premiere with a rendition of their smash hit “Sucker” after All That alumni Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server make appearances with the new cast of teens.

Mitchell, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Thompson, said that being back on the All That set was “emotional” and “surreal.”

“For us to see the new kids going through what we went through and experiencing the beginning and know what’s to come for them — it’s so cool to see their faces experiencing it all,” Mitchell, 40, told PEOPLE. “I’m excited that I’m there to give advice. God made me ready for this.”

“Know who you are and know that this is job,” he added. “Know that you’re going to work. The show is not the thing that makes you special. You’re already special. I wanted them to know that you are already special.”

The highly anticipated premiere episode will open with Mitchell, Denberg, 43, and Server, 40, imparting advice and words of wisdom to the new cast. And while Thompson, 41, won’t be featured, he will be paying forward what he learned from his time on the show in the early 90s.

“[All That] really taught me what I was put here to do,” said Thompson. “I always knew I wanted to be an actor but I didn’t really know what that meant. It really taught me how to be a professional, how to play the camera … it taught me everything.”

In February, Nickelodeon announced the return of the sketch comedy show, set to feature cameos from the original cast.

The pop culture phenomenon, billed as Saturday Night Live for tweens, originally ran for 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The breakout star of the series, Thompson went on to join the cast of SNL.

All That will premiere June 15 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.


From Us Weekly:

All That

Kids big and small will appreciate this revival. Nearly 14 years after it went off the air, the sketch comedy series returns with stars new and old, including Kel Mitchell, who can’t wait to revive Coach Kreeton. “It was just fun to get back into doing that character, screaming and having my tooth blacked out,” says Mitchell. “He’s wild!” (Nickelodeon, June 15)


From WTKR:

Nickelodeon is bringing back “All That” for a new generation on Coast Live

HAMPTON ROADS, Va - Nickelodeon has announced the return of All That with original cast members Josh Server, Lori Beth Denberg and a new generation of Kids from across the nation. We met some of the new cast.


From BCK:


Photo: Getty Images

Kel Mitchell joined his wife, Asia Lee, and daughter, Wisdom Mitchell, in hosting an All That screening in Chicago, Illinois, this past weekend. Good Burger, the film that put Kel and his All That partner Kenan Thompson on the map, also premiered at the event at the Chop Shop.

Wisdom smiled while hanging out in her father’s arms on the red carpet. Asia also bore excitement on her face as she posed for a few pictures before heading into the venue for the screening.

All That got the green light for a reboot on Nickelodeon a few months back. Kel and Kenan, who were part of the original cast during the early 90s, serve as executive producers of the reimagined series.

“We were all creative kids with these voices in our heads that needed to come out,” Kenan shared during a recent interview. “So it’s a beautiful thing for a new generation to have that opportunity to spread their quirky wings. I can’t wait to see it.”

The reboot of All That stars Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin, and Chinguun Sergelen. The new cast recently spoke with BUILD about their upcoming series that many classify as Saturday Night Live for kids. Janak, in particular, shared his favorite scenes from the original All That series.

“In the old All That, my favorite sketch was probably ‘Kenan Thompson Reacts To Stuff,'” the young star said. “I loved watching his facial expressions, and the name is funny by itself. The name [of the character] is a whole story by itself. [The sketch] shows that you don’t need lines to make a scene funny. Your facial expressions are what builds the scene.”

You can see all of the hilarious facial expressions that the cast of the All That reboot make when the show premieres on Nickelodeon on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 8:30 PM!


From Hollywood Life:

‘All That’s New Cast Reveals The Reboot ‘Stays True To The Original’ Show & More

Get ready for major throwback vibes. Nickelodeon’s ‘All That’ is back with a brand-new cast. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the new cast about the highly-anticipated reboot, working together, and more.

Nickelodeon’s new version of the legendary sketch comedy series, All That, returns June 15 at 8:30 p.m. The new All That will feature a brand-new cast that includes Ryan Alessi, Reece Caddell, Kate Godfrey, Gabrielle Green, Nathan Janak, Lex Lumpkin, and Chinguun Sergelen. The premiere will feature appearances by original cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, and Josh Server. All That is also executive produced by original cast member Kenan Thompson. The Jonas Brothers will be performing their song “Sucker” during the premiere.

The reboot is perfect for fans of the original show who love nostalgia, as well as the new generation. HollywoodLife sat down EXCLUSIVELY with the new cast members to talk about all things All That. The young actors revealed their adorable reactions after they learned they had been cast in the reboot. They also opened up about how much they love working together as well as what it’s been like getting to know some of the original cast members. See the full Q&A below.

What was your reaction when you got the call that you were cast on the new All That?
Kate Godfrey: I think we all had the same reaction which was excited and happy. I cried. I was so happy. No words. It was amazing.

Nathan Janak: I cried as well and Chinguun can vouch for me that I was literally bawling because when I found out I was on the side of the street. We just got out of the test, the final stage of the audition, and so I got the call 20 minutes after that. We were still getting an Uber to go back home and I was just crying so badly.

Chinguun Sergelen: I was at The Grove when I got the call and I was running around the waterfalls that they had. I was crying, as was Nathan.

Reece Caddell: When I first got the call, I was actually getting off of a plane because I didn’t live in Los Angeles at the time. We got off and my agent manager said, “Hey, maybe you guys should’ve stayed.” That’s when I found out. We just kind of stood there for a minute and dropped to the ground because we were just bawling and all the people were like, “Are they okay?”

Gabrielle Green: When I got the call I was very, very sick. I was sweating. I had a very bad headache, I remember, but I was home with my aunt. My mom called and she conferenced me in with my agent and manager and my agent goes, “Hey, I know you’re sick, but you know what the best cure for a cold is?” I was like, “What?” My agent said, “You booked All That.” The headache and everything, the sweat, was just gone. I got up and I just started running around the room and then the call dropped and I was so upset. I kept calling my mom back saying, “Conference me back in, conference me back in.” But she handled it.

Ryan Alessi: My story is not as interesting as their story, but I was driving out of a Best Buy. My mom was there and our manager told us that she wouldn’t call us. She’d only call us if she had any news about the show and her number was on my mom’s phone. So my manager, my agent, and I are on a three-way call and they said, “Guess what? You booked All That.” My mom and I went absolutely crazy.

Lex Lumpkin: When I got the call, I was out front of a commercial audition and I was super happy. I was in shock didn’t say anything because I wasn’t sure if they had gotten the information right. When I got the role I was super happy, super excited, and pumped.

It’s been a long time since the ’90s when we first saw All That. With this new cast and reboot, is it different from the original show or does the heart of the show stay the same?

Lex Lumpkin: I feel that the new reboot still stays true to the original, but it’s more modernized with new kids and it still brings back some of the old sketches and the original cast.

Nathan Janak: It’s the same old All That with a brand-new cast. It’s classic sketches, the same type of comedy, with an all-new cast and maybe some even old cast members, too.

What was it like for you all to work with some of the original All That cast members?
Gabrielle Green: Just getting to work with them is such an honor. They constantly are making sure we’re comfortable with everything and making sure we understand everything. They’re just like our big brothers and sisters and second parents. It’s so amazing. Getting to go to work every day, you can’t be sad with Kel Mitchell in the room because he’s always like, “Hey guys, what’s up?” So if you’re having a bad day, Kel’s the guy to call for sure. He’s always giving us advice and always reminding us that this show is not what makes you special. You were born special.

Kate Godfrey: They’re just so supportive. Since they were in our same shoes in the ’90s, they know what it’s like and they’re giving us a bunch of advice. It’s very helpful especially because we’re all new at this and we’ve never shot something this big before.

Ryan Alessi: Overall, Nickelodeon has just been super awesome to us. The production’s great. Every single person plays a part in making this project so good and perfect and making sure the cast is happy and making sure the writers are happy. It’s super awesome that we’ve become a family. We’re hanging out with each other all day, every day.

What’s it like working with each other?
Reece Caddell: Working with this cast is probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. They are so supportive because they know exactly what we’re doing and they have the same feelings because we’re all in this together.

Gabrielle Green: We all love each other. I think I speak for everyone when I say these are some of the best friends that I’ve ever had in my entire life. I really trust these people and that’s really hard for me because I don’t trust people a lot, but we’ve really built a strong community, including Kel, Lori Beth, Josh, and all the OGs. We’re really tight and that’s really important in this kind of show because with all the improv and all the sketch comedy characters, you really have to trust each other.

Nathan Janak: To add on what everyone said, we really all just love working together whether t’s off-screen or on-screen. We just have a personal chemistry and connection with one another. It’s just a magical thing. I’m so grateful that I get to work with you guys and that we all have this opportunity. Y’all are just the bestest friends in the entire world.

Ryan Alessi: We’re sort of like the cast of Friends, just like sketch comedy this time.

All That has been had so many fans since it premiered 25 years ago. What do you think makes fans keep loving All That after all these years?
Lex Lumpkin: I think what makes the fans love All That, specifically, is because of all the new sketches each week. There are new characters and the cast never holds back. They love what they do. They’re always going full-on to make the people laugh and it’s awesome that the cast just loves doing what they’re doing and making people laugh.

Nathan Janak: I think the all-new All That is going to make some of the people who watched it back in the ’90s feel like a kid again watching it on their screen because it really is, like we’ve all said before, the same type of comedy.

Ryan Alessi: It’s the same two writers, Kevin Kopelow and Heath Seifert. They were writers for the old All That, too. Plus, they have some new amazing writers that have come on and it’s just a really talented group of people.


From Fox 59:

Fishers teen to star in Nickelodeon’s reboot of ‘All That’

FISHERS, Ind. -- Saturday, 14 years after it ended, the hit kids sketch comedy show, "All That" will debut again, and on it viewers will see a local face.

Lex Lumpkin, of Fishers, stars in the Nickelodeon reboot, alongside six other kids and many of the original cast members like, Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg, and Josh Server.

"Wheeeew! It's a lot," Lumpkin told FOX59's Beairshelle Edmé. "I'm working a full-time job at 13."

It's not really the teen's first job though, as his IMDb page shows.

Two years ago, he starred in DIRECTV's "The Commish" ad campaign alongside former Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning, former IndyCar Driver Danica Patrick, and several other athletes and celebrities.

Thanks to a little nudge from his agency, management, and family, Lumpkin put in few more 'job applications' after the success of the commercials.

"'Why don't you try something different?,'" Lumpkin said his agent asked. "'Why don't you try sketch comedy?'"

He did, and Nick tapped him for the relaunch of the popular show.

"He's an incredible character and I don't think he knows quite the power he has, the energy that's inside of him," described Benjamin Hannah, the associate artistic director at Indiana Repertory Theater (IRT). "It's incredible!"

You can see all that Hannah describes when the 13-year-old reenacts how he got into acting.

"I was like, 'Mom, can you sign me up for some movies or commercials?' And she was like, 'Boy, do you hate me? Do I not do enough for you already? I mean, football, the sports, the piano; you've been playing for 9 years, anyway,'" he recalled.

The nagging worked, and his mom and dad enrolled him into the Indiana Repertory Theater for a 4-week training course.

The theater later auditioned him for the lead role in "Stuart Little," and he got it!

"Working with Lex was magical because you know when a student like that comes in the room how much passion and fire they have for that work, and they're just discovering that this is what they want to do and Lex really discovered here that this is what he wanted to do," Hannah told FOX59.

Lumpkin later went on to star also in the theater's production of "A Raisin in the Sun," where his colleagues say he soared too.

A hometown kid gone Hollywood, Lex Lumpkin says he plans to put Indiana front and center stage.

He encourages all fellow Hoosiers to follow their dreams to, putting strong emphasis on his time at IRT, which will host the same Summer training course starting next week.

For more info on how to sign up, click here.

You can watch him and the cast of All That, starting June 15th every Saturday on Nickelodeon at 8:30 p.m.


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Originally published: Friday, June 14, 2019.
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